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6470 SW 80th Ave
Trenton, FL 32693
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Live Track didn’t work today. I called Garmin and they said they don’t know what’s wrong but to try again tomorrow. Sorry.

As you may know, I’ve accepted a challenge by someone who wishes to remain anonymous that if I make it to Key West on schedule and with no money or means of getting money, they will donate to the cause.
During my ride today from Perry to Trenton, I stopped at a gas station to top off my water bottles. While there a man named Bob who is a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers walked in and we got to talking. When I told him about the cause and the challenge, he whipped out $20 and handed it to me. Great guy!

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The roads were 4 lane today which is nicer to ride on because there’s usually bigger shoulders, room for cars to move over, and you’re not getting constantly pummeled by the wind wake of big trucks in the opposing lane. But one thing that was different today… I got HOT! The sun off the pavement and hitting my sunburn was making me sick so I took some extra clothes and covered up the best I could.

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MAXIM: Even though it feels an awful lot like putting on Body Lotion which no man should do, the sun is much bigger and stronger than you. Proper use of Sunscreen can keep you from looking ridiculous with socks hanging from your sleeves.

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Once I got to Cross City, I was able to jump on the Nature Coast State Trail. It’s super easy to fully appreciate the value of these trails after 40 miles of on-road riding. It was straight and simple but did the job and is perfectly adequate for users. (Hint for any County that says there’s not enough money in the budget because of all the turns, dips, bridges, and tunnels they want to build into them)

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It didn’t take long to make it to the Suwannee River. I had heard about a shipwreck called the “City of Hawkinsville Underwater Museum” that was just off the bridge near the bank so I swam out and did some free diving. The visibility wasn’t great but I was able to see a good bit of the boat hull. It’s an awesome site and I wish I had more appropriate gear and an underwater camera with me.

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Not even 5 miles down the road was Otter Springs Campground which is one of the nicest places with the nicest people I think I’ve ever been. They hooked me up with a cool cabin and there’s a haunted hike & bluegrass festival tonight. There’s a lot more to share about this place in the post tomorrow.

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The destination tomorrow is the University of Florida AFTER I buy some sunscreen.


Donor Appreciation Reviews:

Casa Grande Mexican Restaurant in Perry, FL is one of those places you don’t want to tell people about because you don’t want it to be crowded all the time. There was live music, a little dancing, and the whole staff is accommodating & prompt going out of their way to keep the customers happy.

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The food is simple but amazing. Everything was perfectly cooked and substantial. I ordered by suggestion the Burrito/Quesadilla combo which paired with an ice cold Dos Equis in a frosted mug was the perfect cap to a marathon couple of days. I’m very thankful to the manager being supportive and generous and look forward to returning if for nothing else but 2 shots of the queso.

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KOA Campground in Perry, FL is a relaxing little place just on the border of that unique city. It’s well maintained and the lady running the place is great. She hosts a fallen hero ride each year and was impressed with my journey. They set me up with a campsite but the swimming pool was winning. I’ve never stayed at a KOA but if they’re all like this, I would’t hesitate to take advantage.

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